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A Summer's Tale (1996)

Conte d'été (original title)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvil Poupaud ... Gaspard
Amanda Langlet ... Margot
Gwenaëlle Simon Gwenaëlle Simon ... Solene
Aurelia Nolin Aurelia Nolin ... Lena
Aimé Lefèvre Aimé Lefèvre ... The Newfoundlander
Alain Guellaff Alain Guellaff ... Uncle Alain
Evelyne Lahana Evelyne Lahana ... Aunt Maiwen
Yves Guérin Yves Guérin ... Accordionist
Franck Cabot Franck Cabot ... Cousin
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer's Tale See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,000, 27 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,927, 17 October 2014
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Lena: Some days I'd like to be stupid and ugly. I only meet guys who want to paw me. Never anyone I can just talk to. I think it's a shame... that nine times out of ten, when a guy talks to a girl... he's got another thought in mind.
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Follows A Tale of Winter (1992) See more »

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A small tale, telling it all...
8 May 2004 | by wobelixSee all my reviews

First of all, let's say that Eric Rohmer deserves a 7 foot, solid gold Oscar, because he is one of the very last directors NOT to use Hollywood music. Or better: elevator muzak. He does not use music at all, unless someone within the story is singing or playing or listening.

No need here for external cues to explain to the viewer what's happening on screen. What a terrible shame Rohmer is the last to do so !!!

The cinematography of this SUMMER TALE flows magnificently, playing with the backdrop of beautiful Brittany. There are no hard or harsh cuts; no need for welding goggles to sit through this movie !

This is a small yet honest tale: the protagonists talk, rather than babble or throw comic book lines at each other.

A SUMMER'S TALE is not an epic, nor depicting a world changing event or some bigger than life humdrum. In all its subtlety and sincerity it is something that could happen to all of us.

Thank you Monsieur Eric Rohmer for yet another wonderful film.


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